During January and February, the coldest months of the year, I spend less time outdoors photographing birds because of the frigid temperatures and frequent snowy days. I really do miss meandering though nature preserves, strolling around ponds and scaling small sand dunes. With this post, I thought I would warm up a bit and revisit our recent vacation destination, the gulf coast of Florida. Truly a tropical paradise! Below I feature many of the lovely birds seen on our two week trip.
The magnificent wings of an Osprey ~ It appears as if this female was eyeing me as if I were prey!
Pretty Northern Mockingbirds are a common sight on Longboat Key
The freshly fluffed plumage of a Wood Stork
A lithe Greater Yellowlegs seeks nourishment in the shallows
We delighted in watching this juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron stalk crabs on the beach
A stunning Snowy Egret looks out over the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico
Two feisty Great Egrets engage in a territorial dispute
A dainty Black-bellied Plover escapes the frothy waves of the Gulf
Little Blue Herons are often seen hunting in Sarasota Bay
A Yellow-crowned Night Heron wades the bay waters in search of prey
Crouched and ready for take off ~ Great Blue Heron